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'They're killing Paris": Restaurants count the cost of 'catastrophic' strikes

6 hours 38 min ago
After seven weeks of a record-breaking strike that shuttered the Paris rail network and brought chaos to the French capital, Paris’s restaurant owners are still counting the cost. FRANCE 24 reports.

France prepares evacuation of its citizens from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, China

7 hours 16 min ago
France is planning to evacuate its citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus epidemic, the French Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

France’s first NBA regular season game draws PSG superstars, eager fans

12 hours 33 min ago
With the world’s two most expensive soccer players cheering him on in Paris on Friday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo took a while to entertain them.

France confirms first three cases of Wuhan coronavirus in Europe

Fri, 24/01/2020 - 19:51
France confirmed on Friday its first three cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, with two patients being hospitalised in Paris and the other in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

French police brutality under scrutiny

Fri, 24/01/2020 - 15:34
In recent months, France has seen a wave of protests - from the Yellow Vest movement to demonstrations against pension reform. While alleged cases of police brutality are on the rise, with videos of suspected police misconduct widely shared on social media, many police officers argue they're only matching the level of violence they're facing from protesters. Our team reports.

French teenager becomes hate figure online after anti-Islam comments

Fri, 24/01/2020 - 09:54
The debate over freedom of speech and the right to be blasphemous has resurfaced in France. A teenager has spoken out against Islam and all religions and has now become a hate figure online. The tensions are a reminder of the debate surrounding the blasphemous cartoons published by satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

France braces for 'Black Friday' as Macron’s government formally unveils pension reforms

Fri, 24/01/2020 - 08:25
French hardline unions have called for a day of industrial action and mass demonstrations Friday as President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to reform the country’s unwieldly pension system is presented to his cabinet.

French unions blockade ports as strikes drag on

Thu, 23/01/2020 - 20:55
While the French government pushes ahead with its attempts to reform the pension system, unions are continuing their calls for strikes. Some workers have been blockading the country's seaports and docks, leaving businesses struggling. Also in the show - the latest on the international efforts to tax tech giants, and a report from our correspondents in Sydney about the cost of the bushfires there. 

Has police brutality increased in France?

Thu, 23/01/2020 - 14:23
Until recently, allegations of police brutality in France remained largely contained to the "banlieues", the suburbs outside big cities. But the issue has gained prominence since the Yellow Vest protest movement kicked off in October 2018. Hundreds of people have been seriously injured in clashes with police, dozens of them maimed for life. This has brought French policing and crowd control techniques under scrutiny. But are things really worse than before? We take a closer look.

Fashion legend Jean-Paul Gaultier takes final bow at star-studded finale in Paris

Thu, 23/01/2020 - 07:28
Jean-Paul Gaultier has bowed out of fashion with all the cheek and showmanship with which he lit it up over the last half-century.

US-French tax truce a respite in tense relations with EU

Wed, 22/01/2020 - 21:16
France will delay its tax on big tech firms like Google and Facebook in exchange for the United States's promise to hold off retaliatory tariffs — a potential sign of goodwill in the U.S. and European Union's increasingly tense relations over trade.

On Israel trip for Auschwitz anniversary, Macron says Iran must never get unclear weapons

Wed, 22/01/2020 - 20:46
President Emmanuel Macron said France was determined Iran would never gain a nuclear weapon but it wanted to avoid any military escalation in the Middle East, after he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

'The Last Ones' : Listening to survivors of the concentration camp

Wed, 22/01/2020 - 17:58
FRANCE 24 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation with "The Last Ones", a series of portraits of the camp's last survivors by documentary film-maker Sophie Nahum. 

Bernard Arnault: France’s ‘wolf-in-cashmere’ billionaire

Wed, 22/01/2020 - 16:36
On Friday, French luxury goods magnate Bernard Arnault briefly toppled Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become the richest person in the world. Now relegated back to second wealthiest in the world, Arnault remains the richest person in Europe.

French union shuts down France’s biggest hydroelectric site in pension reform protest

Wed, 22/01/2020 - 10:04
France's biggest hydroelectric power site at Grand'Maison was shut down on Tuesday by workers protesting against government plans to change the pension system, a branch of the CGT trade union said in a statement.

NBA Paris Game 2020: US basketball comes to France

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 16:23
NBA basketball is coming to Paris this week with a top-flight game being held here for the first time. The move is all about spreading the brand.  One of those at the match will be Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff, a sport and diplomacy consultant whose book "The making of Les Bleus: Sport in France, 1958-2010" traces France's quest to create elite athletes in both basketball and football. She joined us for Perspective and told us it's inevitable that sport and diplomacy mix.

France's controversial bioethics bill reaches Senate amid continuing outcry

Mon, 20/01/2020 - 17:44
France’s bioethics reform reaches the Senate floor on Tuesday, three months after lower-house lawmakers passed the controversial legislation. The bill, which has been considerably amended by senators in committee, could yet change, with the lesbian couples and single women poised to gain legal access to medically assisted reproduction potentially seeing social security coverage for the procedure withdrawn.

Discovering the belfries of northern France

Mon, 20/01/2020 - 16:24
France's northern Hauts-de-France region has an astonishing concentration of belfries, many of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These stone towers were built in the Middle Ages to mark the civic independence of towns from local lords. Like churches, they punctuate the daily lives of residents and tell the story of the region. FRANCE 24 takes you to discover the history of these impressive monuments.

Thousands protest against new French bioethics bill ahead of Senate review

Mon, 20/01/2020 - 08:44
Thousands of people opposed to France’s plans to reform the law on assisted reproductive technology took to the streets of Paris on Sunday, two days before a major bioethics bill is put before the Senate.

French prosecutors open inquiry into police assault of protester

Sun, 19/01/2020 - 15:03
French prosecutors said Sunday that an inquiry had been opened after a riot police officer was seen punching a detained protester at a demonstration in Paris, a scene that was caught on camera and went viral.